Altofest Naples - 2023

05 Jun 2023 - 18 Jun 2023
Napoli, Italy
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5th-18th June 2023Artstic Residency + ProgrammeInternational Contemporary Live Arts FestGIVING RISE TO Human RegenerationA project by Teatringestazione

Invitation for proposals

[deadline 4th February 2023]

Altofest was born in 2011 as an act of resistance, both artistic and political. The aim is to give rise to a community based on the "poetic citizenship" principle. It calls to dialogue all the social components of the human-urban fabric in which it is grafted. It acts as a semantic interference in everyday life, allowing inhabitants to speak to each other in a neutral language and meet in a shared risk space, daring together.

Altofest is a systemic live performance by Teatringestazione, extended in time and space shared in the form of a festival with a heterogeneous collectivity made up of artists, citizens, residents, researchers, scholars, and experts in the cultural sphere, conscious and occasional spectators.Teatringestazione composes the dramaturgy of Altofest by combining the proposals received through the call for proposals with the domestic spaces and their inhabitants, giving rise to a collective action spread across different parts of the city. Altofest moves away from the function of mere "production" or "programming" of performances and artistic works, usually attributed to festivals, to become a space for experimental sociality. Citizens welcome international artists and authors from different disciplines invited to question their completed works, in a public and collective way, through a translation process for the domestic space.

Through Altofest, we want to radically question ourselves on the need to generate new values constantly, to redesign the relationship with places, to subvert the use of spaces and the established attribution of roles, to dare to cross borders (of gender, discipline, of competence, of action) that have never been attempted before.

This is why, when choosing proposals to send us, we invite artists to avoid being swayed by the thought of the work's easy adaptability. On the contrary, the opportunity Altofest offers is precisely that of reworking the performance’s structure, essence, and direction with the domestic place and the relationships that pass through and define it. The artists are invited for an artistic residency to process the selected work. The work will then be open to the public during the programming days following the residency.

The artist's stay is required for the entire Altofest period, for two weeks.Altofest guarantees accommodation with the use of a kitchen, a production fee, and additional technical and human resources under the terms specified in the regulations in the attachment to this call.

Application may include one or more original and finished works conceived for a formal space, already performed in front of an audience. Repertory or archived works that are to be reactivated are also eligible. The theme, content, and duration are free. Proposals must belong to contemporary live art (theatre, dance, performance, experimental and interdisciplinary formats). Incomplete performance projects or those still in the study or creation phase are excluded.


A composition process is derived from the careful observation of each proposal received, the aesthetic elements that compose it, and the poetics that generated it. We attempt to exercise a gaze that does not dominate but welcomes the interrogative power of the individual proposals, as this is translated into the signs that recur in each one, allowing a unique composition of works to emerge that form the body of the 2023 edition’s question.A question that imposes itself on our gaze, overcoming the distances and differences that distinguish the artists who respond to our call.We then summarise this question in the dramaturgy that we complete by combining the chosen works with the residents who welcome the artists into the heart of their daily lives.Finally, we hand over to this emerging community the task of cohabiting in the space of risk, a neutral and uncomfortable zone, which becomes the site of an unprecedented and shared language, which forms the basis of the dialogue between the inhabitants of the community of the 'hovering city' of Altofest, built on the principle of poetic citizenship.


Professional artists can apply worldwide without distinction among nationality, country of residence, language, or age. Unfortunately, amateur groups cannot apply.

To apply, please READ the REGULATIONS at and send proposals by filling out the online form.

By filling in the form, you have read and unconditionally accepted the regulations attached to the call for proposals.

The online application is the only way to send artistic proposals for Altofest 2023.

For further information and questions: 320 0304861 (Whatsapp/telegram)

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Practical info

Pricerange per day





Fast snack , Snack bar , Self service resto

Main target group

16 - 25 y/o , 25 - 50 y/o , Above 50 y/o

Directions & transport



City center , Suburbs , Village

Average attendence per day

500 to 2000 attendees

Art disciplines

Contemporary Dance , Interdisciplinary , Music , Theater

Support for disabled people